Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jennings J-22 Info

Jennings J-22 Semi-Automatic .22 Caliber Pistol.

A while back I did a post on the Jennings J-22 pistol. That post still gets visitors, and a great comment about the J-22 was left by "FergusonTO35". Since the comment is unlikely to be found without specifically looking for it, I decided to post his comment verbatim in a post of its own.

Jennings enthusiasts, here you go:

Hey guys, I own 3 Jennings J-22's and 2 Jimenez JA-22's. Jimenez Arms is the current version of Bryco/Jennings, they are based in Las Vegas, NV. Being a J-22 fan, I can usually make one of these pistols as dependable as another .22 autoloader.

My first suggestion is to first put at least 250 rounds through the gun before making any judgments about it. These guns really do need a break in period before they give the best dependability and accuracy. As far as ammo goes, any common high velocity round nose ammo will work. Federal Champion #510 (available cheap at Wal-Mart) is the best I've found. CCI Mini Mag is great too, but costs more. Rounds that have long or very flat nose bullets generally do not feed in these guns.

After your pistol has fired a couple of hundred rounds it should be well broken in. If you are experiencing weak ejection or stovepipes (empty shell stays in the slide) examine the length of the firing pin nose which strikes the cartridge. Approximately 3.0-3.1 mm is right for most of these. Many of them come from the factory with a pin that is too long. This causes the empty shell to eject too early, causing a jam.

The feed lips of the magazine are another area which requires attention. My experience is that these mags function best when the spacing between the mag lips is .200-.205 inch. Too close together and the lips pinch the slide, impairing function. Too wide and the round will hit the top of the chamber mouth and jam instead of going into the chamber. The lips are supposed to aim the round right into the chamber, so with this in mind you can adjust accordingly.

These pistols are way more accurate than most people give them credit for. The key is to find its favorite ammo and to practice good trigger control. Remington Thunderbolt is hands down the most accurate in all my J-22/JA-22 pistols, I can shoot golf ball size groups at 10 yards all day. From the factory, these pistols have very stiff triggers and there's not a whole lot you can do to change it without creating potential safety problems. DO NOT under any circumstances modify the sear or sear spring in these guns. The good news is that the trigger pull tends to improve a great deal the more the gun is fired.

If you need help with your J-22 or any other Saturday Night Special type firearm, please visit us at www.bryco-jennings-jimenezarms.com and go to the chat forum.

Thanks, FergusonTO35, for all the info!

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At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 6:26:00 PM, Anonymous USCitizen said...

I wonder if you could mount a scope on it?

 
At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 7:21:00 PM, Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

You have really done it to me this time. Now I want one of these. I was looking at pistols in a store in Eastern Kentucky many years ago and one of the other customers told me that these were the "Shootinest Guns" in the case.

 
At Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:30:00 PM, Blogger Peter said...

I'll agree that they are the "Shootinest Guns". I had one years ago that I could get to shoot full auto by letting the slide go with the safety on and my finger off the trigger (so the firing pin wouldn't go to a cocked position and would ride with the slide). Can't get more shootinest than that. That one had so many rounds through it that the extractor had worn a hole in the barrel. This caused a lot of FTE's (3 out of 4 maybe). I still have another one but it is almost new. I'm debating what to do with it. I'm afraid to shoot it figuring the extractor will eat a hole in the barrel on this one too. Any idea if the extractor hole is a common problem or was that an odd case?

 
At Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:40:00 PM, Blogger Sigivald said...

As I think I said in the previous thread, I owned a J-22 ages ago, and it was great.

Quite reliable with hypervelocity ammo such as CCI Stingers.

 
At Friday, January 16, 2009 7:25:00 AM, Blogger Conservative Scalawag said...

Right when I got out of the military I picked up a Jennnings from a local pawn show,it was the only thing I could afford at the time. Sadly, I sold it off and regret it to this day. Even though it wasn't the most reliable pistol,it was kind of neat to shoot.

 
At Sunday, February 15, 2009 11:32:00 AM, Anonymous Pac said...

I have a J-22 and is having problems with it the shells dont come out when I shoot it jams alot. Can anybody help me with this problem is there anything I can do so that this stops.

 
At Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same problem until I started using Hypervelocity CCI Stingers. have fired a couple of hundred with nice groupings and no problems

 
At Sunday, April 05, 2009 3:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for a parts sheet on the j-22 by jennings firearms, INC. cal west co. ohio usa.

I want to take it a part and put it back together.

 
At Monday, April 13, 2009 3:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just pulled mine out after years of sitting. Since we have a new 10/22 to take out, I figured might as well put some rounds through this too. I remember really liking this little gun, and it being pretty accurate at handgun distances, wouldn't want to shoot anything this small long distances. Granted, I bought this secondhand, so maybe it was already well broken in. I have probably put 500 rounds through it in my possession, no feed problems or such. Guess I got lucky.

 
At Monday, May 25, 2009 5:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just picked up a j22 .it hadn't been shot since new in the mid 80's
it was so dry it wouldn't feed so i grapped a can of jd blaster and sprayed the slide and all inside then shot 4 clips worth without any problems was using the stinger ammo

 
At Tuesday, August 04, 2009 12:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the value of this gun 633645 j-22

 
At Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a j-22 and the empty shell is ejecting with no problems. The next round is jaming befor loading into the chamber. I am using CCI ammo. Any sugestions?

 
At Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A J-22 in great shape, with nice wood grips is valued around $89.

 
At Wednesday, September 02, 2009 7:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want 3-4 xtra clips?

any ideas...

 
At Monday, September 07, 2009 2:20:00 PM, Blogger Morgan said...

Go to GunBroker dot com. You can buy extra magazines for the j-22. I got mine brand new for $10. Prices went up slightly to $13-$20 now per magazine for this firearm.

 
At Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:11:00 PM, Anonymous Charles said...

I have an never fired Jenings 22 that is cocked and won't fire, trigger won't pull, won't dry fire. Can't dis-assemble from the cocked position. What can I do?

charles

 
At Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Charles on the jammed pistol.

Remove the right grip and see if the trigger bar assembly is hung up.

 
At Monday, September 28, 2009 7:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I NEED A FIRING PIN FOR A J-22 CALL ME AT 864 710-1058

 
At Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:01:00 PM, Blogger Last Knight said...

@Anonymous:

https://www.e-gunparts.com/product.asp?chrProductSKU=449650&chrMasterModel=1200zJ-22&idDept=129

 
At Wednesday, October 28, 2009 7:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Folks.....

I have a J-22 Jennings, mfr'd Chino CA, in the black teflon.....Originally got it for the flatter grips...Would like to if the std grips will fit, I find I now want a fuller grip in my hand...
I also saw a Wikipedia ref that some of the pistols were aluminum alloy, and later ones zinc...
SN is 1499XX.....
Any way to tell....?

 
At Monday, November 23, 2009 8:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that Aquila Hyper Velocity, 1800fps will damage the gun, or should I stick with sorta 1400fps ammo? On another note, dry firing a Jennings is a sure recipe for disaster, since it "crimps" the throat of the barrel, resulting in "un-ejected" casings. Please discuss..

 
At Wednesday, November 25, 2009 6:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi guys is there anybody who have
one or two mags 4 jennings j22
please let me know..

 
At Sunday, January 10, 2010 1:06:00 PM, Blogger OPWOLF said...

just got a j-22 and the shot shell do's not eject. it still in barrel what may be the problem and how do u take apart?

 
At Monday, March 01, 2010 3:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a J-22 that I bought new back in early 89. Reoccuring problem with it after firing and the slide goes to return to battery the whole damn thing flies apart and wont chamber another round and I'm looking all over for the pin, spring and housing, (spring and pin housing) I would take it to a gunsmith but it would probably cost more to have them look at it then to just trash the POS. Any thoughts?

 
At Monday, March 01, 2010 4:27:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

I've seen that happen more than once. Mine did it one time, but after I took it all apart and smoothed and polished everything it hasn't happened since. It seems to be most common on new ones...

Mr. C.

 
At Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:01:00 PM, Anonymous pigpen said...

I just picked up a j 22 from my dad for 50 $. I plan on using it as my ccw gun for awhile until I decide what I will carry permanantly and can save up to buy it. I have shot this gun before and I remember having a lot of trouble with stovepipe jams. Now I have an idea of where to start looking for ways to solve the problem. I am glad I found this blog. thanks mr.c. I will bookmark you and will be back with questions about my search for my permanent carry gun.

 
At Thursday, March 04, 2010 6:33:00 PM, Blogger Peter said...

I might have to break the good one that I have out and fire it a few times. Seems most people have had better luck than I had with my first one. Heck, this might even turn out to be reliable enough that I'd consider carrying it as my BUBUBUG.

 
At Saturday, May 08, 2010 5:55:00 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

May 8,

Charles,

I had the same problem. If you can move the slide hopefully there is no live round in the gun. If empty take the right grip off and with a needlenose move the lever assembly that is activated by the trigger lever up until you can feel it has centered over the pin that has drifted loose. Now you can dry fire and release the firing pin. Look at the back of the gun if it's cocked you can see the end of the firing pin through the hole in the keeper that holds the slide on. Now press that keeper in about 1/4" and lift the slide up off the gun. The firing pin spring will probably fly out be prepared. With the slide off you can see the hatchet shaped part on the starboard side that controls the firing pin. It pivots on the pin. That pin has drifted to port and is letting the hatchet shaped part jam against the inside of the slide. I fixed mine with a piece of plastic I put it in the port side of the hole to keep the pin in place. I will probably have a pin machined to make a more permanent fix. Fired ten clips yesterday gun shoots perfect.

Tom, Spokane

 
At Saturday, July 31, 2010 4:32:00 PM, Anonymous Cathy Felstein said...

I have a new unfired chrome (shiny) Jennings J-22 with walnut grips and 1 magazine. I was wondering if it would be worth more with the original blue cardboard box it came in. Where would be a good place to sell it? I must have had it for at least 20 yrs.

 
At Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:22:00 PM, Blogger Tony said...

I have a J22 and checking the firing pin length mentioned at the top of this blog, mine is out of spec, it is too long.

What choices does one have in this situation? Do they shorten the pin length themselves OR do they buy another pin? IF it is buying a pin, do we need to specify its length??

Thanks for the assist with this.

 
At Monday, September 27, 2010 9:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a j22 that my father gave me but unfortunaly it did not have a magazine would anybody be kind enough to sell me one

 
At Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:31:00 AM, Blogger breanne said...

I just bought a JA22 and was wondering if I need long rifle bullets or shorts? please email me back brebartosh@gmail.com

 
At Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:10:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Breanne,

The Jennings will only work with .22 Long Rifle ammunition. You may need to try several different brands and types until you find the one that works the most reliably for you. CCI and Federal would be a couple of good brands to start with. I've heard a number of people have had good results with CCI .22LR Mini-Mags. If the pistol is new it may take several hundred rounds for it to break in and run smoothly.

Mr. C.

 
At Wednesday, October 06, 2010 11:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony-
Is your pistol having any problems? If the pistol feeds, fires, and ejects ok then I wouldn't worry about it. The measurement I gave is just a nominal that seems to work in most guns. What kind of ammo are you using?
Ferguson

 
At Friday, October 08, 2010 3:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an Iver Johnson TP-22 and a Jennings J-22, both work fine but you have to grip the Jennings a little tighter to allow the slide to fully cycle.
They both like CCI mini mags and CCI high velocity jacketed HP rounds, the Jennings is in an ankle holster and the TP-22 is in a crossdraw holster for easy access when seated in a car.
I DO NOT use uncoated lead bullets in either of these small autos as they jam too much and foul up these guns requiring cleaning after 50 - 100 rounds.
My Davis D-22 derringer fires anything I put in it but is too slow for anything but close range plinking.
I fired a Iver Johnson TP-25 and found that the 25 acp might be more reliable, but it doesn't have the penetration that a 22 does.

 
At Thursday, November 25, 2010 4:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking for a good holster for Concealed carry of the Jennings J-22. Would the holster be the same size as a Beretta Tomcat or a Phoenix Hp22? Please respond by email at bna42@sbcglobal.net

 
At Wednesday, December 01, 2010 2:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a BRAND NEW j22 stainless still in the box with all paperwork and still in the plastic bag never fired that is forsale if anyone is interested make me an offer fordman97f150@yahoo.com

 
At Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a jennings j-22 (my cousin got it for me for x-mas) and while I was waiting to get it I did a lot of research, and was a little worried that I was getting a POS, I went out and put 30 rds. through it, with no problems, and can't wait till this weekend to put a few hundred more through it...

 
At Monday, February 28, 2011 6:00:00 AM, Anonymous James said...

i bought a j-22 and it has been very well broken in i have tried firing many ammos through it and if its not one thing with this gun its another either the empty shell dose not eject or the round coming up jams how fo i fix? or should i just part it?

 
At Tuesday, April 05, 2011 7:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not "dry fire" the gun. It causes "preening" at the barrel troat; i.e. slight denting which prevents proper feeding or ejection.
Try CCI mini mags, most reliable; I tried Aguilla, Stingers and many more.
Thunderbolts and Mini-Mags(albeit only 1260fps) perform the best.
Also polishing the feed ramp is an idea, worked for me.

 
At Wednesday, April 06, 2011 4:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a few questions about the j-22 if u could email me at youdontknowme8889@yahoo.com and trying help me i would greatly appricate it

 
At Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:23:00 AM, Anonymous Boise Bill said...

A client gave me a J-22 that he found in the crawl-space of his house. It was very rusty and the firing pin seems to be cocked and is stuck. I can not disassemble the piece. I realize this gun may never fire, but it will be a good learning experience for me. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Bill

 
At Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a j22 still new and the round comin up jams up wat can I do to fix it I use Winchester 22 bullets can anyone please give advice

 
At Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just took out my JA-22 to fire it, a new firearm and the firing pin would not strike the rim enough to cause the round to fire. Is there a simple way to adjust the firing pin?
robjay@charter.net

 
At Monday, December 05, 2011 10:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally got around to testing my J22 prior to going to the range with it. Dummy rounds would not feed! In the store enough people had dry fired it so the firing pin had deformed the top of the champer rim. A bit of work to fix, but it now works well with the blue dummy rounds. Next stop: purchase a whole assortment of ammo. Thanks guys for the heads up on the ammo sensitivity: my 22 revolver will use anything, so what the J22 wants it gets! Thanks Again!

 
At Monday, March 26, 2012 1:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old Jennings 22lr it is chrome plated and has the smooth wood grips. I have never had a single problem with CCI Mini Mags. when firing a lower power round the slide does not gather enough energy to extract the fired round and draw a new round out of the magazine. Use a good strong round and have happy shooting.

 
At Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:12:00 AM, Anonymous sam said...

I bought a new Jiminez J22 & have had lots of trouble with it. Mostly fired rnds won't eject & new ones jam,also too hard to take apart. Took it back to gun shop & the owner tried it to confirm my complaints. He said he'd send it back to Jimjnez to have it fixed. I've learned the older Jennings are more trouble free & I would like to buy one if any one has one they want to sell (either 22 or 25 cal )plz email me & maybe we can work something out.

 
At Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:20:00 AM, Anonymous Sam said...

On my last post I forgot my email address---it is scar1441@gmail.com

 
At Monday, June 11, 2012 7:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father in law gave me a J-22 but it has no firing pin, spring and stop button!! I have looked all over the net only to find "sold out" or Listing no longer available". Does anyone know where I can get these? Hate to trash this little gun!
My email is
leagan.scott@gmail.com

 
At Wednesday, August 08, 2012 10:31:00 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Juts got my first J-22 on a barter for a broken rototiller. I have nice guns like Sigs but heard of these J22 and curiosity got the best of me and I traded the tiller for the J22. I did notice right off on research some guns say Irvine and some Chino, mine is the plated version with wood handles they guy I bought has had it 20years. How can a person find out more about these guns.
I love history of guns and curiousness this model.

 
At Thursday, August 23, 2012 11:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently acquired a j-22 that is chrome with Pearl grips. I paid next to nothing for it, and was wondering what kind of value it has? Its a beautiful handgun and I fell in love with ot at first glance, and pull of the trigger. So value doesn't really matter, just kind of interested to know.
Thanks

 
At Saturday, November 24, 2012 2:44:00 PM, Anonymous E Soupster said...

I have a J-22 that jammed a bit when fired, read your ammo post and will work through some diff ammo. When I go to disassemble the piece, the slide gets hung up at the end of the barrel and will not go past it. Any comments on that?

 
At Sunday, January 13, 2013 7:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend bought a Jamamatic J-22 back late last century. He had problems w/ it from the start, one day at the range it came apart. He told me I could have the parts, I found them all and took it home. A few weeks ago I found it while cleaning up. I took it out and placed a tarp on the ground to catch the parts, yep same ol thing. I read up on the net and disassembled it, cleaned and polished the parts. It would work and not fly apart! But still had FTF and FTE issues. One rainy day at work I disassembled and cleaned it and cleaned the bore good. The only slickem we had in stock at work was CRC Heavy Duty Silicone spray (no I don't have a dog in the hunt, it is just what we had) I coated the parts and let them dry. The thing has run like a scaled dawg since, 250+ rds ( cci, rem, and std. velotiy) w/o a hick-up. clean up is a breeze too, fouling wipes right off. I did the same to my ccw gun too. Now I don't think I would go this way for something I was going to be shooting in matches (I would use convectional oil and grease). The silicone does not attract dirt and lint that seems to be the bane of ccw guns. Just thought I would share this that I had found by accident.

 
At Thursday, February 07, 2013 5:14:00 PM, Anonymous Swisher said...

i just got a jenning j 22 and when i loaded the clip i pulled it back. and shell went to load in chamber and stop it wouldn't load up. i changed ammo. same thign went back to gun shop the guy gave me a new clip. still same thing i cock the gun and the bullet gets stuck before entering the chsmber.

 
At Sunday, March 03, 2013 5:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine jamed but over the years dry firing i filed the part of the barrel were the shells goes in cleaned it up works good

 
At Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:18:00 PM, Blogger Brad Bouchard said...

I have 2 j22s I love both of them. if you want them to shoot as good as any other Saturday night special you need to take them apart and deburr everything. file the ramp into the barrel so the bullets have a slightly wider funnel into the chamber. file magazine lips at the top so the rim of the bullet is not dragging and forcing the bullet head first into the top of the slide. Also there are several videos on YouTube just type in Jennings J22 and you will see a lot of videos from j22 fans and haters alike. I love mine and if you get sick of yours email me and I'll buy it from you. Shootadeah@gmail.com good luck.

 
At Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:24:00 PM, Blogger Brad Bouchard said...

NUMRICH.COM they have parts lists you can download. and they sell every part for these pee shooters. good luck.

 
At Wednesday, April 17, 2013 6:29:00 PM, Blogger Brad Bouchard said...

They were about $80 new. most sell for about $50-100 depending on condition and era YouTube Jennings J22 collection. he breaks down the era of each model and what companywas making which model and when. great video.

 
At Monday, May 13, 2013 8:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you guys and gals who have feeding problems with these 22s listen up - every other shot hung up until I bought some CCI Mini Mags and the gun works great now.

 
At Friday, July 26, 2013 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The extractor blew up now mine. After filing it an stuff, it works better than ever even without an extractor. I use federal ammunition. Just file all the nessessary parts of the gun and keep it clean.

 
At Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:16:00 PM, Blogger Gregory Jackson said...

Is there any other brands of magazines that will fit a Jennings j22

 

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